Wednesday, March 10, 2010

William Hodge the policeman

I've written quite a bit on my ancestor William Hodge (1811-1863) including this fairly long summary: .

Once he retired from the 11th Regiment of Foot in Sydney, he served as a policeman. Steve Hodge in NZ has unearthed a few articles reporting on his work, and I'll be posting these over time. In the case of this arrest, it is interesting that his police work on Old South Head Road (now Oxford St, Sydney) is the same area he was barracked as a soldier.

Maitland Mercury
8 Sep 1852

ASSAULT WITH INTENT - UTTERING A FORGED CHEQUE. - On Thursday evening, in consequence of information received, Sergeant Hodge, of the Sydney Police, apprehended a man named Andrew Stone, at Tighe's public house, South Head road, for having, in the Government domain, about midday, assaulted with intent two female children, the elder of them being under 11 years of age. When in custody he was requested by Mr Tighe to liquidate his score, amounting to 5s, ; he said he had no money about him, but offered a cheque purporting to be drawn by Thomas Baker, of the Union Bank, for 7l. 16s. ; Mr. Tighe excused himself from giving change for the cheque unless he first saw Mr. Baker ; Stone then took possession of the cheque, which was taken again by the sergeant, who suspected its genuineness. Subsequent enquiries confirmed the suspicion, and yesterday Stone was charged with the uttering. Mr. Tighe deposed to the prisoner having offered the cheque and asked for the change ; Mr. Baker gave evidence that he did not make the cheque, nor did he keep an account at the Union Bank. On this charge he was committed for trial at the Central Criminal Court to be holden on the 4th proximo. Evidence was taken in reference to the charges on which he was taken into custody, and the fursther hearing postponed until this morning. Herald Sept. 4.

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